Bits & Pieces: Oregon Zoo welcomes King, a rhino
The Oregon Zoo has welcomed King, a 3,000-pound rhinoceros from Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. King has made himself at home at the zoo's new Rhino Ridge.
"If he's outside, he'll be hard to miss," said Kelly Gomez, who oversees the zoo's rhino area.
He's a member of the eastern subspecies of black rhinoceros, which is considered critically endangered (and once deemed extinct). "Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade have wiped out 96% of the world's black rhino population," Gomez said. "In South Africa alone, we're losing almost a rhino a day. Hopefully, we can help inspire a new chapter in the conservation of this incredible species."
A contestant named Brandon J. (as in Jones) from Portland is part of the new season of ABC's "The Bachelorette." Thirty men are vying for the heart of Michelle Young in the 18th season of the show, which debuts Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Brandon, listed as a 26-year-old, traveling nurse-recruiter on the show's website, "knows exactly what he wants in life and is very serious about finding the one with whom to settle down," his bio says.
"He is kind, confident and looking for a wife whose passionate personality can keep up with his." Apparently, Brandon is "a self-proclaimed basketball fiend" and "doesn't plan on missing out on his shot with Michelle."
Aaron Nigel Smith, the well-known musician from Portland, who specializes in reggae family/children's music, has released a new EP, "Reggaebility." He has collaborated with Marissa Lelogeais and Andrew Terrett on the album on his Aya World Productions label. It'll be distributed by Tuff Gong International label (formed by the late, great Bob Marley).
"I met (Marissa) at The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica," Smith said. "She is an avid reggae music fan, and an ambassador for the 'alter-abled' community. After watching her performance during Marley's 75th birthday celebration, I felt compelled to collaborate with her on this project."
Lelogeais is an "alter-abled" musician from The Merry Rockers. Terrett also collaborated with her and Smith, and they used the name Vibe Catchers.
The new EP is actually geared toward children and, in particular, children with "alter-abilities" and other social challenges. Said Lelogeais: "I could not imagine doing this album with two more sensitive, child-like friends and I am so proud of our work on this."
For more: www.reggaebility.com.
Madison Cario will be departing as executive director of Regional Arts & Culture Council on Dec. 3. Cario will take a position as CEO for the Minnesota Street Project and the Minnesota Street Project Foundation in San Francisco.
The RACC board and senior leadership are developing a transition plan.
Longtime Portland pianist Tom Grant has a new gig, playing Tuesday nights at Nicoletta's Table, 333 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. Like all artists, Grant was idle from performing live for months during the COVID-19 pandemic; even so, he substituted by putting on weekly performances on Facebook Live.
Portland Opera has named Damien Geter as the interim music director for the 2021-22 season. He'll take over for George Manahan, who's leaving the organization.
"I think Damien is a genius," said Sue Dixon, general director of Portland Opera.
Geter is a Portland-based composer who has worked in chamber, vocal and orchestral realms. He's also a bass-baritone singer and actor. He has performed for Portland Opera and many other companies.
He has acted as co-artistic director for Portland Opera since July 2020. He joins Priti Gandhi, the new artistic director, and Dixon as part of the leadership of Portland Opera, which opens its season with "Tosca," Oct. 29 at Keller Auditorium.
Portland author Sarah Foster, who was featured in a recent edition of the Tribune, will do a live reading of her book "STEM Like a Girl," 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, via Annie Bloom's Books.
She's the founder of the nonprofit STEM Like a Girl, which aims to teach girls problem-solving abilities.
For the live reading, go to www.annieblooms.com/event/livestream-reading-sarah-foster-stem-girl.
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